• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 106

    A Brown Steatite Figure of Gajalakshmi and Two Fragments of Vishnu and Skanda

    KASHMIR, 7TH CENTURY

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    Estimate

    A Brown Steatite Figure of Gajalakshmi and Two Fragments of Vishnu and Skanda
    Kashmir, 7th century
    Seated in lalitasana upon a crouching lion, clad in voluminous robes, her face surmounted by a lotiform headdress and backed by a halo, flanked by two tall lotus stalks, one of which supports an elephant; Vishnu holding a club and conch, dressed in a dhoti secured with a belt, the chest centered by the shrivatsa, surmounted by a headdress with a diamond pattern and backed with a nimbus; Skanda holding a club in his right hand and a peacock in his left, clad in a flowing dhoti, the face backed by a halo, with remains of gold
    7½ in. (19.1 cm.) high, the largest (3)


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    For a similar example of the Gajalakshmi figure, see P. Pal, Indian Sculpture: Volume 1, 1986, p. 228, cat. no. S103, and for a comparable example of a Skanda figure, see ibid., p. 216, cat. no. S87.

    Provenance

    Julian Sherrier Collection, London, formed between early 1940s-1972